Philadelphia Eagles Stats That Matter Entering the Final Month of the NFL Season

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Philadelphia Eagles Stats That Matter Entering the Final Month of the NFL Season
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Brandon Boykin has broken out in his second season.

As we enter the final month of the 2013 NFL regular season, here are some key stats that help explain why the Philadelphia Eagles are 7-5 through 13 weeks.

125.2: That's Nick Foles' passer rating this year, which leads the league by almost 10 whole points. In 2011, Aaron Rodgers' 122.5 rating was the highest in NFL history. That record is in danger of being broken by a sophomore third-round pick who wasn't a full-time starter until October.

Highest single-season ratings, NFL history
Team Year Rating
Nick Foles* Eagles 2013 125.2
Aaron Rodgers Packers 2011 122.5
Peyton Manning Colts 2004 121.1

* Still four games to go (Pro Football Reference)

19-to-0: Foles has 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions, which is something only one other quarterback has done to start a season, and that took place when Peyton Manning went 20-and-0 to start this year. The 24-year-old has gone a team-record 232 pass attempts without throwing a pick. He also leads the NFL with 9.1 yards per attempt. 

5-0: That's the Eagles' record in games that Foles has started and finished this season. He missed the fourth quarter of a one-score game against Dallas, and Matt Barkley wasn't able to do anything in relief. 

1.1: That's Foles' career interception percentage, which is the best in NFL history by a wide margin. Of course, he doesn't really qualify this early in his career. The sample size is small, but he's still off to what is basically an unprecedented start.

+13: That's the Eagles' turnover differential when Foles is running the offense. When Michael Vick or Barkley have been in control, they have a turnover differential of -6. Keep in mind that this team had a -38 turnover margin in 2011 and 2012 combined, which ranked dead last in the NFL by a mile. No other team was below minus-26 in that span.

Eagles turnover differential, 2013
Differential
With Foles at QB +13
Without Foles at QB -6

Pro Football Reference

12: That's the total number of touchdowns Foles has thrown on passes that have traveled at least 20 yards, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), which leads the league. He and Alex Smith are the only two quarterbacks who have taken at least 25 percent of their teams' snaps and haven't thrown a pick on a deep ball this season. 

72: That's the number of plays the Eagles have run this season that have resulted in gains of 20 yards or more, which easily leads the NFL. They're on pace to have 96 such plays this season. The 2001 "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams also had 96. The 2011 Saints, who broke the single-season team yardage record, had 83. The 2007 Patriots had just 61.

3: That's the number of points the Eagles have scored on offense in the fourth quarter since Week 7. They haven't scored an offensive touchdown in the fourth since Week 6 and have been shut out in that final quarter each of the last five weeks. A bit concerning. 

1,523: That's the number of yards from scrimmage LeSean McCoy has compiled, which leads the NFL. Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs is 60 yards behind in second place. Teammate DeSean Jackson is ranked 17th at 1,021. 

81%: That's how often the Eagles have successfully converted on the ground on third or fourth down with two or fewer yards to gain, according to Football Outsiders, which ranks them second in the NFL. They're also averaging 1.42 yards in the second level of the defense, which leads the league. These guys really know how to run the ball.

74.0: That's the offensive line's pass-blocking efficiency rating from PFF, which ranks them 27th in the league. Rookie right tackle Lane Johnson has given up nine sacks and 46 pressures, and right guard Todd Herremans has surrendered four and 42. However, Vick was pressured on 44 percent of his dropbacks, while Foles has only been pressured 35 percent of the time. It helps that, according to PFF, he gets rid of the ball two tenths of a second faster. 

30.5 and 16.0: Those are the run-blocking grades PFF has assigned to starting guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, respectively. Mathis ranks first in the NFL in that category, and Herremans ranks second. Only one other NFL offensive lineman is above 12.0.

21: That's the maximum number of points the Eagles have given up since Week 5, which is something we can say about nobody else in the league. They've surrendered only 17.9 points per game during that eight-game stretch, which is the fourth-lowest mark in the NFL. They've still been getting beat a fair bit, but they have 17 takeaways in those eight games, which is more than they had in their previous 19 games, dating back to September of 2012. 

Eagles defense, 2013
PPG allowed Yards/play Takeaways
Weeks 1-4 34.5 (31st) 6.0 (27th) 5 (22nd)
Since Week 5 17.9 (6th) 5.3 (14th) 17 (3rd)

Pro Football Reference

9: That's the number of sacks the Eagles have recorded the last two weeks. It's the most sacks they've had in a two-game span since December of 2011. According to Pro Football Focus, Trent Cole has led all NFL 3-4 outside linebackers in pass-rushing productivity two weeks in a row. The old man is more than just a solid run defender nowadays, it turns out. 

32.2: That's the percentage of drives on which opposing offenses have scored on the Eagles, which ranks 12th in the league. This matters because, through four weeks, they ranked dead last in the league with a 44.7 percentage in this category. 

22.6: That's how many seconds, on average, it has taken the Eagles to snap the football, which ranks first in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. The league average is 27.1, which means they're saving four or five seconds on every snap. Unsurprisingly, their average drive lasts just 2:03, which is the shortest rate in the NFL. The pace is unmatched, but as a result, the defense has been on the field for 34:23 per game, which is longer than any other D in the league. Bill Davis has been working magic. 

Eagles: Time-based stats, 2013
Time to snap Time/drive Time of possession
Total 22.59 2:03 25:37
Rank First First 32nd

Football Outsiders/PFR/NFL.com

61.1: That's the passer rating opposing quarterbacks have posted when throwing Brandon Boykin's way, which is the third-best mark in the league among cornerbacks who have been on the field for at least 300 coverage snaps. Combine that with what Foles is doing and the fact that Fletcher Cox has been graded by PFF as the ninth-best 3-4 end in football and that 2012 draft class isn't looking too shabby. 

-30.7: We finish on a sour note, because that's the combined PFF grade posted by Eagles inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans. Based on that, Kendricks is the fourth-worst player in the league at that position, and Ryans is fifth worst. The good news is that those rankings have actually improved slightly over the last month. 

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